Tuesday, April 6

TUESDAY 4/06/2021

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Being Community updates

The Being Community website is the hub of information and inspiration for Luther's approach to the 2020-21 academic year. We invite community questions and feedback.


HR updates

Summer hours and 2021-22 holiday schedule
Summer hours begin Monday, May 17. For more information about summer hours, plus the holiday schedule for summer 2021 and the 2021-22 academic year, visit the Human Resources website.

Be alert for tax refund and stimulus scams

Students and employees are potential targets of email and text phishing scams related to taxes, refunds, and stimulus payments. One recent scam impersonates the IRS and can lead to fraudulent returns or identity theft. Always exercise caution when asked for personal information, especially if you did not initiate the interaction. Learn more about protecting yourself from phishing.

Hearing Board student nominations

The Luther College Hearing Board, which adjudicates significant violations of the Student Code of Conduct including sexual misconduct, is seeking students to serve as members of next year's board. The application is available online; interested students must have a minimum 2.50 GPA and possess maturity, be in good community standing, demonstrate respect for confidentiality, and excellent critical thinking skills. Please send names of students who you believe would be a good fit for the position to Nan Hibbs <hibbna01>.

From the Risk Management and Safety Committee

Baker Tilly and the IRS warn taxpayers of cyber and refund scams. Tax-related identity theft continues to be a problematic issue and is becoming more dangerous as scammers adapt to preventive measures taken by the IRS and law enforcement. Thieves work year-round to steal personal identification, bank or investment account balances, and tax payments or refunds. This year's stimulus payments and tax law changes are providing scammers additional opportunities to attempt to deceive taxpayers into giving them access to their computers and personal information. Email, telephone calls, text messages and social media channels are used to persuade or intimidate taxpayers into providing such data. With the extension to May 17 for the April 15 deadline, this alert reminds taxpayers to remain vigilant in protecting sensitive information throughout the year.

Additional resources from Erika Lee

Erika Lee, a leading voice on anti-Asian racism, appeared at Luther in January, as part of the Civic Sustainability Initiative, hosted by the CEPE, with Evelyn Montoya '23 and Maria Leitz, co-founder of CARE. Dr. Lee's book, "The Making of Asian America: A History," has been called one of the foundational histories of Asian Americans in the United States. After presenting for Luther, she went on to speak in this Washington Post Live event, and testified before Congress last week. She invited us to share these resources with the Luther community. 

Krahn Family Student Life Service Award nominations

Nominations for the Krahn Family Student Life Service Award must be current sophomore and junior students who have demonstrated a strong contribution to campus life in a way that embraces the spirit and mission of Luther College. Any student, faculty, or staff member may nominate a student. This award is designed to recognize a student who makes a positive impact to student life. The $1,000 award is expected to be over and above any financial assistance a student receives. The nomination form can be found on the Student Life website. Nominations are due by April 9, 2021.

Kuh Family 'Positively Luther' Award application open

The Kuh Family "Positively Luther" Award is given each year to a student whose character, leadership, and participation in co-curricular and other educationally purposeful activities enhance the quality of campus life. The recipient must be in good academic standing with a demonstrated need for financial assistance. This $5,000 award is expected to be over and above the financial aid package offered by the College. The application for the award can be found on the Student Life website. Applications are due April 9, 2021.

Habitat for Humanity 'Can Mountain'

Save your cans and bottles because the Luther College Chapter of Habitat for Humanity (LCHFH) is hosting "Can Mountain" this spring! The drop-off dates are April 8-11, drop-off location is near the red Ashmore-Jewell barn. All proceeds will be donated to the Winneshiek County Habitat for Humanity. If you have any questions, please email <habitat>! Happy collecting!

Book Shop news

Alumni book spotlights
Please send a round of applause to John Larson '72 on his newly published book, "Laid Waste!" Stop in the Book Shop to pick up a copy and support your fellow Norse!

Please send a round of applause to Lori Weiman '82 on her newly published book, "The Price of Health: The Modern Pharmaceutical Enterprise and the Betrayal of a History of Care." Stop in the Book Shop to pick up a copy and support your fellow Norse!

Faculty book spotlight
Please send some positive vibes to Loren Toussaint. His research is featured in a newly published book titled, "Find Your Joy: A Powerful Self-Care Journal To Help You Thrive." He shares his knowledge of his work in Chapter 3 and throughout the book. Come in and pick up a copy today! Congratulations Loren!


Chapel this week

All chapel services will be held online and the links may be found on the Luther events calendar.

Wednesday, April 7: Mychal Shed
Friday, April 9: Storm Bailey
Monday, April 12: Music and meditation

Home sporting events

For the most accurate and up-to-date information about Norse Athletics and the status of competition in the American Rivers Conference, visit luthernorse.com.

Events this week

The Office of Campus Programming maintains a Calendar of Events which includes listings for student activities, athletics, lectures, and more, with links to virtual events.

Visit the online Calendar of Events for a complete list of Luther events happening from Tuesday, April 6-Monday, April 12!

Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture: 'Resilient Communities' April 13

Jon Jensen will present "Resilient Communities in a Time of Change" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, via Zoom, as the last lecture of the 2020-21 Paideia Texts and Issues series "Building Community in a Changing Society." Jensen, with Luther seniors Piper Wood, Carina Hansen, and Jonathan Rivera, will discuss how communities can increase resilience and prepare for social and environmental changes in the twenty-first century.

Guest lecture: 'Religion in U.S. Diplomacy: From Bush to Biden' by Dr. Shaun Casey April 15

At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, Dr. Shaun Casey will present "Religion in U.S. Diplomacy: From Bush to Biden." The virtual lecture will examine the strengths and weaknesses of recent U.S. administrations' attempts to incorporate religion into diplomacy. Casey led the State Department's Office of Religion and Global Affairs under the Obama administration. Casey will draw on experiences to offer an analysis of the successes and failures of the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations' regarding the inclusion of religion in diplomacy, and conclude by laying out what Biden's strategy might be. Hosted by Todd Green and sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement. Viewing information can be found at luther.edu/events.

'7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story' screening and Q&A April 25

At 1 p.m. Sunday, April 25, students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a free screening of "7 Yards" in the CFL Main Hall. This inspirational documentary explores the resilience and perspective of Luther alum, Chris Norton '14. Immediately following the film, Chris will join us via Zoom for a Q&A. Reserve your tickets in advance, or register to receive a link to view just the Q&A remotely. Email SAC <sac> with questions. 


Celebrations this week

April 6: Shauna Kerr
April 7: Mark Franzen, Erin Zidlicky
April 8: Michelle Boike
April 10: Eric Baack, Jayme Nelson, Greg Peterson, Loren Storts, Germano Streese
April 12: Christoffer Frantsvog, Thomas Johnson


To the family and friends of Mary Lou Mohr, professor of English emerita, who passed away Thursday, April 1, 2021. Dr. Mohr taught at Luther from 1963 until her retirement in 2000, and continued to be an active part of campus life, attending concerts and lectures, leading and participating in Lifelong Learners Seminars. She is survived by her son, Jonathan Mohr '91 of Eden Prairie, MN. Memorial services will be held at a later date with Fjelstul Funeral Home handling arrangements.

Position openings

Administrative Assistant in the Nursing Department (1.0 FTE): Position coordinates and manages the ongoing support staff activities of the Decorah office, meeting the needs of the professional faculty and students. Responsibilities will include preparing and processing contractual agreements with clinical agencies, maintaining student health and academic files, processing NCLEX applications, as well as general office duties. College or business school degree and a high level of computer skills required.

Admissions Counselor or Assistant Director of Admissions (1.0 FTE): Primary responsibilities will include coordinating the recruitment of students from a specific recruitment territory, conducting frequent fall and spring overnight recruitment travel, presenting admissions and financial aid sessions on and off campus, serving as a liaison to the Financial Aid Office, assist with financial aid training and updates for admission staff, and assisting with other admissions-related activities/events as assigned. Extensive travel is required, and candidates must be able to work evenings and weekends when appropriate. A bachelor's degree is required, and applicants must have a valid driver's license.

Payroll Specialist (1.0 FTE): Position responsible for timely and accurate preparation and production of all campus payrolls and associated reporting. Responsibilities will include payment of salaries and wages, deductions, payroll transmission, payroll-related external payments, and reporting. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to utilize Colleague database software, Glacier nonresident alien tax software, Microsoft Excel, and Business Objects reporting software. Relevant job experience and accounting skills are necessary with proven ability to keep up-to-date on IRS payroll regulations pertaining to both US residents and nonresidents. A Bachelor's degree is desirable.

Process Improvement Coordinator: Luther College is seeking internal candidates who will partner with departments across campus to examine and improve processes and workflows. Candidates should have experience conducting process improvement initiatives, expertise in process improvement methodologies, and a commitment to the college's mission and values. The Process Improvement Coordinator position will be a two-year term appointment with no guarantee of future employment. The deadline for applications Friday, April 9. 

To view the complete job descriptions and apply for this position and all current openings, please go to the employment website at https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.


Owen Michael Johnson '21 has been named a Rossing Physics Scholar for the 2021-22 academic year. The Thomas D. Rossing Fund for Physics Education makes scholarships available annually for exemplary students in physics. Johnson, a physics and math double major, says he "feels very honored to be receiving this award." He plans to continue his education after graduating from Luther to get his Ph.D. in astronomy or astrophysics.

Ideas and Creations

In her post, Where Passion Meets Purpose and Profession, Peilla Ishimwe '21 shares how she has shaped her classroom, research, and now internship experiences to focus on something she is passionate about: working with immigrant and refugee communities.


For sale: Full size coffee table with stone top–$40. Computer desk–$10. Will send pics on request. Two blocks from campus. Contact <[email protected]> or 641 220 4562

For sale: Great condition metal bunk bed with good quality mattresses. Top bunk is a twin, bottom bunk folds down to a double, or sits up as a futon couch. Futon mattress has springs and is in good shape. Bunk is quite tall (6ft total height). Will deliver in/just outside Decorah. Email <chrivi02> for photos or more info.

Help wanted: Looking for someone who repairs vintage turntables. Please contact <lenead01>. 

Housing wanted: My name is Tamar, I'm currently a staff member at Luther under the Catalyze program and I'm looking for housing for the month of August. I am leaving Decorah early September and the place I am currently staying needs me out by July 30. Preferably somewhere not too expensive and pet free (unfortunately very allergic to cats/dogs). If you can potentially house me or know of any leads please let me know! Contact <tedlta01> or (651) 214-2472.

Housing wanted: Three juniors are looking for a summer living arrangements in order to work in Decorah. Willing to rent or house sit for the summer months between the end of spring semester and the beginning of fall. We are responsible, honor roll students who are looking for a nice, quiet, and clean place to stay. Contact <taylla01>.


And finally...

"During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content and educational programs."

This week is National Library Week and today in particular is National Library Workers Day.

Thank you to library workers everywhere, and especially to those working at our very own Preus Library and Decorah Public Library!